Organizational and Institutional Issues in Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management: Insights from Practitioners’ Survey in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali

64 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013

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Catherine Ragasa

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Yan Sun

A member of the CGIAR Consortium - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Elizabeth Bryan

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Caroline Abate

Independent

Atlaw Alemu Tarekegn

Addis Ababa University - Department of Economics

Mahamadou Namori Keita

Independent

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

This report provides some reflections and insights on the level of awareness, practices, and organizational and institutional issues being faced by countries as they adapt to climate change, based on interviews with 87 practitioners working in government agencies, local organizations, international organizations, and think thanks reporting involvement in climate change adaptation. Data were collected in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali using both an e-survey platform and face-to-face interviews.

Responses reveal active work within these organizations on climate change adaptation and emphasize their important role in the countries’ efforts to address and adapt to climate change. Responses also reveal strong awareness among these organizations of different aspects of climate change adaptation along the different stages in a climate change adaptation project cycle, which may be a reflection of the active discussions and awareness campaigns during NAPA development in these countries. However, despite the awareness and presence of national strategies and action plans, there seem to be no explicit and clearly defined policy and strategy within these organizations outlining their role in and contribution to the national and collective efforts and, more importantly, no explicit and measurable targets and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to track progress and outcomes over time. Reported capacity gaps can be grouped into two categories: training needs and institutional challenges.

Keywords: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, East Africa, West Africa, Africa South of Sahara, South Asia, Africa, Asia, Climate change, analysis, Gender, Women, Risk, Resilience

Suggested Citation

Ragasa, Catherine and Sun, Yan and Bryan, Elizabeth and Abate, Caroline and Tarekegn, Atlaw Alemu and Keita, Mahamadou Namori, Organizational and Institutional Issues in Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management: Insights from Practitioners’ Survey in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali (July 2013). IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01279, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2310078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2310078

Catherine Ragasa (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Yan Sun

A member of the CGIAR Consortium - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Elizabeth Bryan

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Caroline Abate

Independent ( email )

Atlaw Alemu Tarekegn

Addis Ababa University - Department of Economics ( email )

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Mahamadou Namori Keita

Independent ( email )

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